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October 7, 1987
Coup leader Col. Sitiveni Rabuka formally declared Fiji a republic, ending a 113-year bond with the British monarchy. The declaration, broadcast over army-controlled Radio Fiji, came 24 hours after talks broke down with Queen Elizabeth II's representative and the leaders of the South Pacific island nation's two political parties. Rabuka vowed to maintain the political dominance of ethnic Fijians over the larger Indian population.
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October 7, 1987
Coup leader Col. Sitiveni Rabuka formally declared Fiji a republic, ending a 113-year bond with the British monarchy. The declaration, broadcast over army-controlled Radio Fiji, came 24 hours after talks broke down with Queen Elizabeth II's representative and the leaders of the South Pacific island nation's two political parties. Rabuka vowed to maintain the political dominance of ethnic Fijians over the larger Indian population.
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June 8, 1987 | Associated Press
Fiji's deposed prime minister, Timoci Bavadra, arrived in London on Sunday seeking help from Queen Elizabeth II, the former colony's ceremonial head of state, but Buckingham Palace said the queen would not see him. "She is my queen, she is the queen of Fiji, so she at least has to listen to me," Bavadra said at Heathrow Airport upon arrival from Fiji by way of Australia. No British officials were at the airport and Bavadra was not given VIP treatment.
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June 8, 1987 | Associated Press
Fiji's deposed prime minister, Timoci Bavadra, arrived in London on Sunday seeking help from Queen Elizabeth II, the former colony's ceremonial head of state, but Buckingham Palace said the queen would not see him. "She is my queen, she is the queen of Fiji, so she at least has to listen to me," Bavadra said at Heathrow Airport upon arrival from Fiji by way of Australia. No British officials were at the airport and Bavadra was not given VIP treatment.
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